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WHS NEWS 10.28.12

posted Oct 31, 2012, 5:14 AM by Joel Villegas
Early Release Day October 31

Wednesday, October 31 is an early release day with student dismissal at 11:00 a.m. Students should be prepared for all blocks that meet on Day 4 except for B block, which will be dropped. Teachers will be involved in professional development training for the afternoon session.

Parent-Teacher Conference Open House

We will hold our first parent-teacher conferences in an open-house format on Thursday, November 15, from 7:30 - 2:30 p.m. We tried this concept last year and received positive feedback on the format. Parents found that waiting time was minimal and the opportunity to speak privately with teachers in their classrooms created more authentic and meaningful conversations. Conferences are still limited to 5 minutes per teacher. Our September and March conferences will still be held in the evening to meet the needs of all parents.

Term 1 Report Cards

Faculty will submit Term 1 grades on Wednesday, November 14, so that this information is available to parents at our Parent-Teacher Conference Open House. Students will receive their report cards the next morning, Friday, November 16, in homeroom.

WHS participates in international assessment

Forty students will participate in the Program for International Assessment (PISA) on November 6. Testing is sponsored in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education. PISA 2012 is the fifth PISA study that has been conducted since 2000 and involves more than 60 countries. PISA is the world largest international survey in education, testing studentís age 15 years old. It assesses students' preparedness for adult life and measures students' mathematical, scientific, and reading literacy. Typically, between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each country take part in the main survey. WHS students were randomly selected to participate and they are aware of their selection.

College Fair on October 30

There will be a College Fair on Tuesday, October 30, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington. This is an excellent opportunity for juniors to explore college options, gather information, and speak with college representatives.

No-Homework Weekend

November 3 & 4 is the first of three "no-homework weekends" during the school year, one at the end of each of the first three terms. Our no-homework weekends were a result of a community conversation on stress following a presentation of the documentary "Race to Nowhere". After a term of hard work and busy schedules, I hope that students will take the time to relax, do something fun, and enjoy time with their families!

WHS teams in the news

The WHS Marching Band won a Gold Medal at the NESBA Championship Finals! In addition to defending their first place division title, they captured the Best Music caption of all competing bands. Congratulations and best of luck to our Warrior Band at the MICCA Finals today!

The WHS Boys and Girls' Cross Country Teams both won the Middlesex League Freedom Division Championships, with the girls going undefeated and the boys only taking one loss this season. Our Cross Country Teams have become a true powerhouse in the league...best of luck in tournament competition!

The WHS Cheerleading Team won 2nd place at the Viking Invitational Cheer Competition at Triton Regional High School. Congratulations and best of luck to the girls as they continue on to the Middlesex League Competition on Tuesday, October 30 at Woburn High School.

The WHS Football Warriors just won a key game on Friday night against the undefeated Stoneham team. The team has had a tremendous season this far, with only one loss...best of luck against Reading this Friday!

The WHS Girls' Soccer Team is on a roll, qualifying for the state tournament...congratulations on a great season and best of luck in the playoffs!

The Herren Project comes to Wakefield

The Warrior Club is pleased to host Chris Herren at the Galvin Middle School auditorium on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. Herren, a former NBA player and Fall River, MA high school basketball legend, realized his life long dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction.~ Sober since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He now tours the United States sharing his stories with groups such as the NFL, NBA, NCAA, local high schools and youth groups. The event is free and we hope to have a great turnout!

Get your tickets now for the 2nd annual "Evening in Monte Carlo"! Saturday, November 3 at 7pm, Sheraton Colonial

The Center for Performing Arts is excited about the upcoming fundraising gala to benefit the New Theater at Wakefield High School. Come enjoy an evening of fun gaming (not gambling!), hilarious comedy, great music, fine food and the company of friends at the Sheraton Colonial ballroom. Enjoy the comedy of Wakefieldís talented comedian Jim Colliton, as well as the classic jazz music of Audie Bridges, Zack Bridges and Curtis Doo.

In addition, take advantage of the opportunity to bid on some wonderful auction and raffle items including a Bruins hockey stick and several pucks signed by the Bruins team, a night at the exquisite Liberty Hotel in Boston, or a night at the Hyatt Regency in Newport! Other auction items include a Stowe Mt. Resort ski package, theater tickets, original artwork, fabulous New England events, restaurant gift certificates, and more! There will also be a door prize, give-a-ways throughout the night and a High Roller Prize to the biggest winner of the evening!

Then try your luck at the black jack, roulette and craps tables with your $1,000 in casino chips. This fundraising event to benefit the New Theater at Wakefield High School is being held at the Sheraton Colonial on Saturday, November 3rd, from 7 ñ 11pm. Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds from the event going directly toward the New Theater. Tickets are available now at Smith Drug, or by calling Lisa at 781-246-3008.

Thank you to our major event supporters including Boston Bruins, Liberty Hotel, Digital Realty Trust, Dennis Drinkwater, Erin& Patrick Curley WHS í90, Honey Dew Donuts, Wakefield Co-op Bank, and House Proud Portraits.

Check out our website for more details on our auction items ~- wakefieldarts.org

Kim Smith
Wakefield Memorial High School